One of my favorite teachers as a kid was a math teacher who had been rumored to “not have to work”. We were all told by grades older than ours that she took her private jet to class and had so much money that if she was ever let go, it wouldn’t matter. She was there because she actually liked to teach and loved children. Math and science were the hardest subjects for me to learn and she really went out of her way in a cookie cutter setting to make sure that we all felt unique and understood what she was trying to explain.
I think about her sometimes and the idea of having so much money that you truly can have your choice of what you’d like to do rather than what you have to do. So many of us wind up in careers that just help us get by (and then some). I would say it’s probably hard to like all aspects of ones career. While you may love meeting with clients and speaking about a product or service you may hate the pressured aspect of a sales job or the paperwork required at the end of the day. While you may love your Summers off, you may not like the fact that you can’t take other days off during the school year as a teacher or the low pay. There are many different trade offs we make with each of our careers and you hope that the good outweighs the bad, making your choice worthwhile.
There are so many things that I like to do but I wouldn’t necessarily want to make any of them my career. I love to cook but I wouldn’t necessarily want to cook for hundreds of people in a restaurant. I’ve always had a desire to be an entrepreneur and have my own business but I understand the many challenges that entrepreneurs face as well.
A friend once told me that she had heard the quote “in times of fogginess, do nothing”. I can’t seem to find the quote or who said it but it stands true. Sometimes when a lot is going on and things are unclear it’s best to wait it out until you can think with clarity.
Do you stay in your job out of necessity or because you know it by now and it’s easier to stay than to find a new job? If money were no object (but you still needed a job) what you would do for work?